Notre Dame’s First Irish President: Father Patrick Dillon, C.S.C. (1832-1868)


Rev. P. Dillon, second President of the University of Notre Dame, was born in the County Galway, Ireland, on the 1st of January, 1832. Immediately after his birth, he was dedicated in a special manner, by his mother, to the service of God, and entered upon his studies for the sacred ministry, while yet a [Read More...]

Paul Revere’s Grandson, Civil War General, Becomes Catholic


General Joseph Warren Revere (1812-1880) In the great national conflict which divided the North and South in 1861, members of our parish (Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, Morristown, New Jersey) were found under both flags. The roll is an illustrious one. On the battlefield, in the prison, in rank and file, the children [Read More...]

Priest Tarred and Feathered by Mob, Maine, 1854

John Bapst

CATHOLIC PRIEST TARRED AND FEATHERED (The Brooklyn Eagle, October 19, 1854)  The Bangor Mercury states that Rev. John Bapst, a Catholic pastor in that city, was tarred and feathered and ridden on a rail, on Saturday night, at Ellsworth, while on a visit to that place. He was formerly pastor in Ellsworth, and was then [Read More...]